Looking after leadership skills in healthcare

healthcareDoctors and nurses are increasingly signing up for management qualifications – such as those offered by the Brunel Business School – to give their careers a boost.

Brunel’s specialist MBA in Healthcare Management is designed to give healthcare professionals the chance to study core modules with general MBA students and a choice of more specific healthcare modules.

Professor Francesco Moscone, Director of MBA programmes at Brunel, told The Independent’s i newspaper that leadership skills were now an important element within the healthcare industry because the public sector has begun to realise it needs people who can understand issues such as finance, prioritising and managing people.

Prof Francesco Moscone

Prof Francesco Moscone

Professor Moscone added:

“If you want to go for a leadership role, if, for example, you want to be CEO of Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, you really will have to have leadership skills.

This MBA will give them the right skills, the combination of theory and practice they need and the focus on management and health policy. They would then be able to become a CEO or an entrepreneur.”

The full article was published in i newspaper on 21st May. For more information about the MBA in healthcare management visit here.

Professor Francesco Moscone is Director of the MBA programs and former head of the Centre of Research into Entrepreneurship, International Business in Emerging Markets. He has previously worked at the University of Leicester, University of Cambridge, and London School of Economics (LSE). He has held visiting scholar positions at University of California-Berkeley, University Pompeu Fabra, and LSE. He has worked as health economist for the National Collaborating Centre for Women and Children\’s Health, and the National Agency for Regional Health Services. Francesco is currently co-investigating a major EPSRC (UK government funding) grant entitled \”Semantic Credit Risk Assessment of Business Ecosystems\”. He has also been the principal investigator on an ESRC (UK government funding) research grant entitled \”Statistical Modelling of Interdependence in Economics\”, and on the UK part of a major EU grant entitled \”Biopool- Services associated to digitalise contents of tissues in Biobanks across Europe\”. Further, he has acted as co-investigator for the grant \”Economic Performance and Quality of Life in European Cities\” awarded by the Economics Education and Research Consortium. Francesco is associate editor of the journals Empirical Economics and Economic Modelling and a Member of ESRC Peer Review College.

Brunel MBA steps up the challenge for Class 2014

Robust, consolidated, refreshed – the Brunel MBA programme underwent an exciting review by the MBA Advisory Board and the MBA Programme Academic Team in time for the academic year 2013/14.

Prof Francesco Moscone

Prof Francesco Moscone, the MBA Programme Director currently in Australia presenting his latest findings for BIOPOOL, a research project designed to allow the scientific community to conduct more meaningful clinical trials, especially with respect to rare diseases, commented:

“The Brunel MBA continues to offer our students content-rich modules dealing with contemporary business concepts and we maintain our specialisations in General Management, Healthcare and Aviation. In addition, the existing Leadership Masterclass Series and Career Development Programme, highly commended by AMBA, help us strengthen the balance between theory and practise for the benefit of our students.

We did find an opportunity to enhance the richness of our curriculum by introducing a new module – Business Economics – covering micro and macroeconomics and exploring ways to improve the efficiency of a firm through a more in-depth understanding of the market environment and its implications for business.”

The MBA Class of 2014 will also participate in an enhanced executive career coaching programme with a new MBA Career Coach and enjoy a rewarding academic challenge with increased contact hours bringing the total for the programme to over 2000 learning hours for the academic year.

Prof Moscone said: “We are always looking to refresh the strategy for our successful MBA programme and the changes introduced in the programme commencing in September 2013 and January 2014 are a welcome addition to the MBA that reflects the School’s ambitions.”

Find out more about the Brunel MBA programme commencing in September 2013 and January 2014. 

Prof Moscone helps create biobanks used to diagnose cancer in €2.5mln project

A European consortium of medical, research and higher education institutions is developing a network for banks containing digitalised images of human tissue—”biobanks”— which will help doctors to diagnose different types of possible cancerous tissues taken from patients’ biopsies in a shorter time. The seven partners across four European countries, including Brunel Business School in the United Kingdom, and other institutions in Spain, Netherlands and France are developing the project, known as BIOPOOL, with a budget of €2,500,000 from the European Commission.

Prof Francesco Moscone

Prof Francesco Moscone, Brunel Business School

“The network will enable clinicians to compare the image of a biopsy for a patient with biopsy images of a large number of other patients across Europe,” explained Francesco Moscone, Professor of Business Economics at Brunel Business School, Brunel University, west London, who is responsible for the business impact of this project.
“The benefits mean that there would be a faster and more accurate diagnosis of diseases, thereby preventing, or reducing, the need for multiple invasive tests.”
“Fast and accurate diagnosis will also help in identifying the more appropriate medical treatment, as well as reduce the length of hospital stay.”

The existing biobanks are organised collections of biological material and associated health information, for medical-scientific research and diagnostic purposes. In the recent years, biobanks have started digitalising their material, by scanning their samples and storing images and associated information in databases.
But the digital images are usually collected in various different formats, and stored in separated databases and facilities. While image collections carry very valuable knowledge in several fields, their exploitation requires tools to gather, access, visualise, and process large images.

Professor Moscone added: “From the point of view of medical research, the large amount of data shared within BIOPOOL will allow the scientific community to conduct more meaningful clinical trials, especially with respect rare diseases.The use of such interconnected sources of data is very promising, as it is expected to reduce diagnosis time and related costs,” he said.

Other Brunel Business School Team Members working on the BIOPOOL project include:

Roberto Bilbao, Director of the Basque Biobank for Research and coordinator of BIOPOOL project explained that the project involves a significant number of challenges, both technical and non-technical. It manages very large images, as digitalised bio-images are stored in huge files, even reaching 10-15 GB per image.

The scheme will aggregate data from biobanks until August 2014.

Professor Francesco Moscone is the Director of the Brunel MBA programme and the former head of the Centre of Research into Entrepreneurship, International Business in Emerging Markets. He has previously worked at the University of Leicester, University of Cambridge, and London School of Economics (LSE). He has held visiting scholar positions at University of California-Berkeley, University Pompeu Fabra, and LSE. He has worked as health economist for the National Collaborating Centre for Women and Children’s Health, and the National Agency for Regional Health Services (Rome, Italy). He is principal investigator on an ESRC (UK government funding) first research grant entitled “Statistical Modelling of Interdependence in Economics”. Additionally he is co-investigator for the grant “Economic Performance and Quality of Life in European Cities” awarded by the Economics Education and Research Consortium. Francesco is also a co-investigator for the grant “Development of new indicators to assess research within scientific areas” awarded by the European Social Fund. Additionally Francesco co investigates a major EU grant entitled “Biopool- Services associated to digitalise contents of tissues in Biobanks across Europe”.
He is associate editor of the journal Economic Modelling and a Member of ESRC Peer Review College.

MBA vs Specialist Masters – a choice that will decide on your future career.

Prof Francesco Moscone from Brunel Business School gives his view on the choices faced by candidates wishing to pursue Postgraduate Study in the area of Business and Management.

MBAs and specialist Masters have many strengths and similarities, and they differ in several aspects, including contents, students’ experience, and projected career paths.

Essentially, an MBA is a ‘post-experience’ qualification in general management, although some business schools may offer specialist MBA programmes in areas such as aviation and health care. The aim of an MBA is to offer students a holistic overview of how a business works, covering all major functions and practices of a business. As a result, MBA graduates will acquire theoretical and applied knowledge of several core subjects including marketing, international business, entrepreneurship and human resources.  One of the strengths of an MBA is fostering organisation, persuasion, leadership ad team-building skills as well as skills for innovation which are needed to expand career prospects, and tackle the most difficult issues facing businesses and societies. The plurality of students’ professional backgrounds is another key benefit as they may profit from networking with their peers. 

Specialist Master programmes are designed for people in the early stages of their career; immediately after their undergraduate degree or after one/two years on the job. These courses focus more on the theoretical side of the management field than the MBA, equipping students with more specialist knowledge.  A student may opt for a specialised Master if she is more interested in acquiring specific skills required by the industry.

From a pedagogical point of view, although some Masters cover the similar material as the MBA, they have a different teaching style which is more lecture-based. MBAs, in contrast, tend to focus on teamwork, business case studies, and the exchange of individual experience.

In this period of economic downturn investing in a post graduate management course is worthwhile, as the need for well-educated and internationally-oriented graduates will not cease or decrease in the long-term.

As people leave jobs in industries as a result of the economic crisis, an MBA is a unique opportunity for ambitious leaders to secure a better management position. A specialist Master is a worthwhile investment in order to stand out in a demanding and competitive job market.

Professor Francesco Moscone is the Director of the Brunel MBA programme and the former head of the Centre of Research into Entrepreneurship, International Business in Emerging Markets. He has previously worked at the University of Leicester, University of Cambridge, and London School of Economics (LSE). He has held visiting scholar positions at University of California-Berkeley, University Pompeu Fabra, and LSE. He has worked as health economist for the National Collaborating Centre for Women and Children’s Health, and the National Agency for Regional Health Services (Rome, Italy). He is principal investigator on an ESRC (UK government funding) first research grant entitled “Statistical Modelling of Interdependence in Economics”. Additionally he is co-investigator for the grant “Economic Performance and Quality of Life in European Cities” awarded by the Economics Education and Research Consortium. Francesco is also a co-investigator for the grant “Development of new indicators to assess research within scientific areas” awarded by the European Social Fund. Additionally Francesco co investigates a major EU grant entitled “Biopool- Services associated to digitalise contents of tissues in Biobanks across Europe”.

He is associate editor of the journal Economic Modelling and a Member of ESRC Peer Review College.